Nanny Knows Best

Nanny Knows Best
Dedicated to exposing, and resisting, the all pervasive nanny state that is corroding the way of life and the freedom of the people of Britain.

Saturday, December 17, 2005

The Price of Art

The Price of ArtNanny has a secret.

She won't tell you how much she paid for a piece of art.

The piece in question is a sculpture by Conrad Shawcross, called Continuum, which was on display at the Queen's House at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich.

Shawcross describes his work thus:

"a wooden spring-like structure..

moving through itself in perpetuity...

a conceptual model of the day

That's nice.

Unfortunately, Nanny won't tell us how much she paid Shawcross for the temporary installation.

This is even more unfortunate because the museum receives £15M per year from us, the taxpayers.

Nanny's trustees have twice turned down a request, under the Freedom of Information Act, to reveal the cost of housing the artwork.

Richard Thomas, the Information Commissioner and guardian of the new Act, also refused to publish the figure.

The commissioner's refusal to disclose the size of the payment is being challenged as a test of Nanny's Freedom of Information regime.

The so called "freedom of information" regime is already in trouble; the Information Commission is struggling to cope with a huge backlog of appeals against refusals by Whitehall, and other bodies, to disclose information to the public.

The case about Continuum is being brought by Matthew Davis, a freelance journalist from Brighton, who lodged a series of requests for information about the prices paid by galleries and museums for contemporary works of art.

Mr Davis intends to represent himself at the tribunal, the members of which are appointed by the Government. He is being opposed not just by the National Maritime Museum, but also by the Department for Culture Media and Sport.

We wish him well.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous2:44 PM

    So, Nanny and all her acolytes are refusing to to tell the public how much someonelse's dirty underwear costs?

    Very laudable I think - provided the public can invoke the same prevention clause for their own lives.

    Which I guess is how these things should be presented is it not? I'll show you mine if you'll show me yours.

    At least Nanny has no such qualms about the Freedom of Disinformation Act so there may be an opportunity to sway her views ...